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Officer Meredith Stanley Runck, Jr. | Riviera Beach Police Department, Florida Riviera Beach Police Department, Florida


Meredith Stanley Runck, Jr.

Riviera Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, April 5, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Murdered in prison

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Officer Runck was shot and killed with his own weapon after responding to a domestic disturbance call. Upon arrival he was told by a female victim that that the man had threatened to murder her. Officer Runck ordered the man to go home but he refused. As it began to rain Officer Runck stepped into the house and told the man not to enter it. The suspect continued to disobey the orders and was then advised that he was under arrest. Officer Runck took him by the arm and began to lead him towards the police car when a struggle ensued and Officer Runck hit the suspect with his baton.
Both men fell to the ground and the suspect gained control of Officer Runck's .357 caliber revolver and pointed it at his chest. Officer Runck shouted "Don't shoot, don't shoot" but the suspect shot him four times and then started yelling "I done shot the law." The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to 55 years in prison but was later murdered while incarcerated.
Officer Runck had been with the agency for 15 months.

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Well it's been around five and a half years since I've posted on this site about fallen Officer "Skip" Runck, Jr. I mentioned that back in 1993 when I was a brand new Officer in Riviera Beach my Field Training Officer Paul Peterson brought me into the Department's lobby and showed me Officer Runck's picture and Medal of Honor hanging on the wall. He told me to never forget his name and face and told me what he did and died for. Some 24 years later, I am now that "old guy" who is the Field Training Officer. I bring my new Officers into the lobby and show them that same picture and Medal of Honor and tell them to always remember what he did and died for. He is not forgotten.

Field Training Officer Joe Hoffman
Riviera Beach Police Department
January 10, 2017


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